Parents' Guide to

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Disney characters star in fight-filled role-playing game.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

kindom harts tirlogy

i have never played this one. i have played kindomharts1 2 and 138 days . those three are very good so this one will be good to . this can teach you kids about friendship and how to treat others.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 8+

Great addition to your 3DS library!

It's like any other Kingdom Hearts game, bloodless cartoony fighting. Your characters use a "Keyblade" which is a giant key, not a sword. They say "hell" in one scene but, that's from the Tron: LEGACY world and it was said in the movie anyway. Nothing much. A big thing about this game are the "Dream Eaters", which you control as pets (feeding, playing with etc.). Overall a really great game that every 3DS owner should have.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (3):

It's not a flawless fantasy, but it should entertain both fans of the franchise and those new to Kingdom Hearts games, too. Combat is the name of the game, with countless enemies to battle. Referred to as Dream Eaters, these colorful creatures come in all shapes and sizes, and you must attack, block, dodge, and jump to take them down. You'll also use the environment to swing, dash, and perform fast acrobatic moves, perform magic spells and combo chains, and recruit more than 50 different kinds of spirits to fight alongside you. Visually speaking, the three-dimensional environments are stunning and well-designed; both Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL machines let you see the game in 3D without requiring any glasses.

As with other role-playing games, you'll "level up" over time and experience, and grow stronger throughout the single-player adventure. But unlike many other RPGs, there's little in the way of side missions to keep the player engaged -- but at least there are a couple of mini-games, such as riding light-cycles in the Tron world or collecting stars while flying through vortexes. Overall, fans of past Kingdom Hearts games and Disney characters should get a lot out of the fast-paced Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Between the non-stop combat, beautiful environments, and stellar orchestral score, the game's charm and action outweighs the confusing story, awkward dialogue, and other minor shortcomings.

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